Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Blade Runner (1982)

Director Ridley Scott’s movie Blade Runner creates a dark and bleak apocalyptic future highlighting the dirty and overcrowded city of Los Angeles in 2019. Released in 1982 movie had an awesome cast of actors including Harrison Ford, Sean Young, Edward James, Olmos, Darryl Hannah and Rutger Hauer

Harrison Ford is retired detective Rick Deckard who has been asked to help Chief Bryant, “I need ya, Deck. This is a bad one, the worst yet. I need the old blade runner, I need your magic.” Deckard is asked to hunt and kill four “skin jobs” or Replicants (highly sophisticated robots from NEXUS phase) that have returned to earth where they are illegal.

They have returned to meet their maker at the Tyrell Corporation and increase their lifespan. Ridley Scott touches on the idea that humankind is driven to advance its people, technology and world; even if in the end, it creates its own demise.

The movie was ahead of its time. Even today, we are prompted by the questions:

"What is reality?"
"What does it mean to be human?"
"How does our environment affect us?"
"What is the difference between real memories and artificial memories?"
"What are the moral issues we face in the creation of artificial people?"

It has been 24 years since Blade Runner was released on June 25, 1982. One year to go for its 25-year anniversary re-release.
Blade Runner continues to have a strong following in 2006
While the movie only grossed $26.2 million at the box office, the movie has become a cult classic. I really enjoyed the forward-looking future scenery and think the story and effects still measure up as a good sci-fi flick.

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